As prescribed by Paulina Constancia
Today I bring you the story of Tomo and Nao Toyoda – two cellists who met at a cello festival and fell in love.
DDoA: When did you start playing cello?
Tomo: Age 6
Nao: Age 10
DDoA: Your favourite cello piece? Your favorite composer?
Tomo: Brahms cello sonata No.1 & 2
Nao: Bach cello suites
DDoA: Your most unforgettable cello performance?
Tomo: Haydn cello concerto no.1 by Steven Isserlis
Nao: Beethoven sonatas by Jean Guihen Queyras
DDoA: Where did you two meet?
T & N: Met at Kobe 1000 cello festival in 2005 (3rd cello festival), during the break before the concert.
Note: The 4th 1000 cello festival was held in Hiroshima in 2010
DDoA: Tell us about this 1000 cello festival event in Kobe ?
It was a weeklong international cello convention in May 2005 in Kobe. At that time, the city was commemorating the 10th anniversary of the devastating Great Hanshin Earthquake.
I thought it would help attract more people to the city, because it was seeing a decline in visitor numbers after the earthquake. – Takumi Matsumoto, one of the organisers of the event who is a devoted amateur cellist, chairman of the International Cello Ensemble Society (a Kobe-based nonprofit organization) — as well as the chef/owner of a kushikatsu barbecue restaurant in Kobe via Japan Times
DDoA: How did you spot each other amongst the performers? What drew you to each other?
T & N: Outside there were so many cellists eating lunch. We just happened to sit next to each other and started chatting. We found out that we were both working in Tokyo, so we started dating and finally decided to get married.
DDoA: When did you get married? Did you play some cello music at your wedding party?
T & N: We had our wedding on April 25, 2010. At our wedding party, we played some cello pieces together, accompanied by Nao`s brother on the piano.
DDoA: What are the advantages/disadvantages of marrying a person who plays the same musical instrument and loves music as much as you do?
T & N: One advantage is that we have the same interest in music, especially listening, so we can enjoy doing this together.
DDoA: Do you practice/perform together? And how often?
T & N: We seldom play together. I guess the valid excuse is that there are only a few music pieces for 2 cellos. Maybe different instutuments will be easier to play together at home.
DDoA: Will you encourage your children to play music? to play cello?
T & N: Yes, if our daughter Kana plays cello, it will be a very happy thing for us.
DDoA: What do you think is the greatest role of music in the world?
T & N: The sense of`Harmony` is crucial in achieving peace in the world. I believe that learning and playing music will make one a better human being.
Below are different definitions of HARMONY to remind us of its importance in our lives:
The study of the structure, progression, and relation of chords; A combination of sounds considered pleasing to the ear via The American Heritage
a combination of parts into a pleasing or orderly whole via Webster’s
My favourite definition:
Harmony is when you feel happy. Harmony is when people are all getting along together. Harmony is when people are nice to one another. Harmony is the flow of life. via World Harmony Run
So do… connect and collaborate with other talents for a good cause. Not only is it a sure way of making good things happen in your community, but also a great way of meeting people (and possibly – a life partner, as well).